Man dead after being hit by a Cedar Point roller coaster

Plus, police chief removed from post for covering up rape incidents and Cleveland man hits Twitter username jackpot

Man Died After Being Hit by a Cedar Point Roller Coaster

People were screaming last Thursday, Aug. 13, at 5 p.m., but not because they were on a roller coaster. James A. Young II from Canton, Ohio had entered the restricted area of the ride Raptor when he was struck by a coaster car. Young was going in to retrieve his cell phone, police said, and instead lost his life upon impact. Several guests were there to witness the scene.

This incident made national news almost immediately. This is not the first death or injury caused at Cedar Point. In fact, just this summer, on June 21, a man’s leg was severely injured after being caught in a gate while entering the Raptor.

Due to the incident, Cedar Point is postponing its announcement of a new ride, which was originally scheduled to be made public this week.

“God of Put-in-Bay” has been removed from his post for covering up rape incidents

Put-in-Bay ex-police chief Ric Lampela has just been removed from his post. He had been on paid leave since March of 2015.

Lampela was charged with “aggravated menacing and dereliction of duty and falsification” according to Lampela had neglected to take action when two female officers told him that they were drugged and raped by another male officer.

Instead of reporting the rape incidents, Lampela reportedly held a gun to one of the cadets’ heads. He called himself the “God of Put-in-Bay,” and according to The Huffington Post he threatened the ladies by saying, “Who do you think they will believe, you or the chief of police?”

Despite the national backlash against Lampela’s actions, some Put-in-Bay residents have spoken up for him and have started a Facebook page in his honor.

@Alphabet is not Google; it’s the Twitter account of a Clevelander

Chris Andrikanich woke up on a Monday morning as a working dad who lives in Cleveland and went to sleep that night as a Twitter star with thousands of followers. His account name @alphabet was confused for the account name of Alphabet, Google’s just-announced parent company.

When Andrikanich clarified to thousands of tweeters that he is not affiliated with Google/Alphabet Inc., they started introducing themselves from around the world:

“@alphabet Hello from Algeria!”
“@alphabet Hello from #Paris, France.”
“@alphabet Hello from Haiti!”

Now that he has an account that Google might need, people have been giving him good advice, too. Andrikanich said on NPR: “It’s mostly just, you know, hold out for big money because it’s Google.” And he’s not opposed to making a deal with Google, either, although it is prohibited on Twitter.

Andrikanich said on NPR that he is just waiting for the commotion to die down.

He tweeted the evening after he had gained thousands of followers and worldwide attention: “Well, that was an interesting way to end a Monday…”